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by Jon Lucas
7 Sep 2019, 2:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Simon Davey frame?
Replies: 12
Views: 819

Re: Simon Davey frame?

I knew a Simon Davey very many years ago in Bristol, who I think may have got into bike building. I know that he moved to Winchester, and AFAIK still lives there. However, whether it is the same person, I have no idea.
by Jon Lucas
31 Aug 2019, 6:30pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: September weather?
Replies: 8
Views: 551

Re: September weather?

September is the transition from summer into autumn, and the current weather is fairly typical of that period. South-westerly winds become much more dominant in the autumn, and heavy rainfall is common across the north-western half of the British Isles, and especially in the Scottish highlands, whic...
by Jon Lucas
27 Aug 2019, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Last night I caught thieves breaking into bike sheds of a well known hostel
Replies: 16
Views: 1535

Re: Last night I caught thieves breaking into bike sheds of a well known hostel

Quite a few YHA hostels have their bike sheds outside of the property, so in theory accessible to anyone (though they usually aren't obvious - some will look like storage sheds or even garden sheds). Some are quite some distance from the hostel itself, and if tampered with at night, I doubt that any...
by Jon Lucas
16 Aug 2019, 6:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tampering with locks: wet rag on it?
Replies: 41
Views: 2601

Re: Tampering with locks: wet rag on it?

I've never understood why people do leave their locks on a stand. Does it mean they never do any other journey apart from to that one location? Surely most cyclists do occasionally go elsewhere? Or do they have a collection of locks? I must admit if I see a stand with a lot of locks attached to it, ...
by Jon Lucas
16 Aug 2019, 4:20am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Extreme horse hazard
Replies: 21
Views: 1360

Re: Extreme horse hazard

I've just remembered (prompted by Gaz's photo and tale) that a couple of weeks ago I was riding down the Sharpness towpath and there were a family of swans there, one standing between path and water, one curled up with its head under its wing actually on the path and others swimming on the canal. A...
by Jon Lucas
1 Aug 2019, 10:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall
Replies: 30
Views: 3639

Re: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall

Good question. Return journeys as the branch lines are dead ends, so you'd have to come back. https://www.visitcornwall.com/about-cornwall/branch-line-specials Start at Gunnislake as the first train out is 06:00 to Plymouth. Last one back arrives after 22:00. That's Tamar Valley Line. If you wanted...
by Jon Lucas
25 Jul 2019, 11:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall
Replies: 30
Views: 3639

Re: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall

Holsworthy also carried on over to Bude and I think there was a time pre-war when large trains regularly travelled all the way there from London - maybe this was the Atlantic Coast Express. Enjoy yourself. When I stayed in Bude some time ago I read a book about this line, which had a wonderful pict...
by Jon Lucas
24 Jul 2019, 9:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast of UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 3710

Re: Coast of UK?

Has anyone ridden the coast of UK?? Was thinking I could do the local coasts (yorkshire) as day trips say as far a Edinburgh or Inverness then the NC500 ditto day trips to bangor, Bangor to Fishguard - Bristol. Bristol - Barnstaple - lands end Lands end - Plymouth - Exmouth. Exmouth - Ringwood. (Pa...
by Jon Lucas
20 Jul 2019, 5:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping and bears and wolves
Replies: 21
Views: 812

Re: Wild camping and bears and wolves

Er, I hate to break it to you all, but this isn't in the Forest of Dean. :D If you read the article carefully you will see it says views across the river Severn to the Forest of Dean. It's actually on the edge of Bristol, close to the M5 and major trading estates and shopping malls. The bears have b...
by Jon Lucas
14 Jul 2019, 8:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Real Naked Cycling (i.e. no phone or GPS)
Replies: 46
Views: 7109

Re: Real Naked Cycling (i.e. no phone or GPS)

Oldjohnw wrote:I always use paper maps and carry an ancient Nokia in my pocket. Never been lost.


Me too.

My paper maps are mostly about 40 years old, so can make for some interesting navigating at times... :D
by Jon Lucas
17 Feb 2019, 7:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kent Traffic Free Routes?
Replies: 14
Views: 2519

Re: Kent Traffic Free Routes?

Catch a train to Gravesend and cycle east along the NCN route following the Thames estuary. This is traffic free for a while, but then takes you onto some wonderfully quiet lanes, where you will meet very few cars, and into the surprisingly lovely countryside of the Hoo peninsula.
by Jon Lucas
11 Feb 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 4113

Re: London cycle parking security

Sorry to hear of your disturbing experience. As a Brompton owner,I would be extremely loath to park it in a public rack for any length of time. I thought that one of its many advantages was that it could be folded up & taken with you into premises/work etc. When entering shops with folded Bromp...
by Jon Lucas
11 Feb 2019, 4:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 4113

Re: London cycle parking security

That's a worrying experience. "London" can describe an enormous area. Was this in central London? It was in Kensington. I know that most people ignore even the most obvious theft taking place, but this was in such a visible situation that I'm sure somebody must have seen it and hopefully ...
by Jon Lucas
11 Feb 2019, 4:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 4113

Re: London cycle parking security

Hi Jon, where are the marks on your lock and what can you infer from that? Are the marks on the inside of each leg from an expansion attack using a hydraulic jack? Yes, which is why I was thinking the same. However, I have been told that the current crop of breaking of U-locks has been by cutting t...
by Jon Lucas
10 Feb 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 4113

London cycle parking security

A query for those who cycle in London regularly. I understand there have been many instances recently of gangs going round breaking open U-locks that used to be thought of as unbreakable. I would be interested in knowing more about this - how they do this, and how prevalent it is at present. I visit...